Coinciding with the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Baptist movement, this book explores and assesses the cultural sources of Baptist beliefs and practices. Although the movement has been embraced, enriched, and revised by numerous cultural heritages, the Baptist movement has focused on a small group of Anglo exiles in Amsterdam in constructing its history and identity. Robert E. Johnson seeks to recapture the varied cultural and theological sources of Baptist tradition and to give voice to the diverse global elements of the movement that have previously been excluded or marginalized. With an international communion of over 110 million persons in more than 225,000 congregations, Baptists constitute the world's largest aggregate of evangelical Protestants. This work offers insight into the diversity, breadth, and complexity of the cultural influences that continue to shape Baptist identity today.
Robert E. Johnson is currently Professor of Christian Heritage and Academic Dean at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also taught at the Faculdade Teologica Batista de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of American Baptist Quarterly and the author of numerous scholarly articles.
Introduction; Part I. Foundations: 1. The primal shaping processes of the global Baptist movement; Part II. Age of Emerging Baptist Denominational Traditions, 1600-1792: 2. Seeds for diversity amid an early Anglo prevalence; Part III. The Frontier Age, 1792-1890: 3. Baptists' frontier age in the British Empire; 4. Baptists' frontier age in the United States; 5. Baptists' frontier age in the European continent, Africa, Asia, and Latin America; Part IV. The Age of Proliferating Traditioning Sources, 1890-Present: 6. Baptists' evolving traditioning sources in Africa, Asia, and Oceania; 7. Baptists' evolving traditioning sources in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia; 8. Baptists' evolving traditioning sources in North America; Part V. Beliefs and Practices: 9. Baptists' beliefs and practices.